Biden shrugs off Sens. Sinema and Manchin’s recent encounters with protestors, saying it ‘happens to everybody’ and is ‘part of the process’

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling from the State Dining Room of the White House on October 4, 2021.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling from the State Dining Room of the White House on October 4, 2021. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
  • Biden was asked on Monday about Sens. Sinema and Manchin’s recent encounters with protestors.
  • “I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody,” Biden said of the protests.
  • People followed Sinema into a bathroom at ASU and others gathered near Manchin’s houseboat on kayaks.
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President Joe Biden, speaking about the debt ceiling at the White House on Monday, dismissed aggressive protesting as “part of the process” when asked about Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s recent experiences.

The remarks came after Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy noted recent confrontations between protestors and the two conservative Democrats holding up Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda.

“Joe Manchin had people on kayaks show up to his boat to yell at him. Senator Sinema last night was chased into a restroom. Do you think that those tactics are crossing a line?” Doocy asked.

“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody,” Biden responded. “The only people it doesn’t happen to are people who have Secret Service standing around them. So, it’s part of the process.”

On Sunday, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and members of a grassroots nonprofit Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) confronted Sinema at Arizona State University, where she is employed as a lecturer. At one point, the activists followed her into the bathroom as the Arizona lawmaker remained in a stall.

Sinema was silent throughout the entire encounter.

And last week, protesters boarded kayaks to protest Manchin outside his houseboat in Washington, DC, holding signs that said “Don’t sink West Virginia” and “No climate no deal.”